The subject of Hoonigan’s latest ‘Build Biology’ video seemed intent on building an LS-swapped drag car that would get the haters talking.
The drag racer/builder in question, Tiana Weber, acquired a General Motors LS9 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that she had originally intended to shoehorn into the back of a Porsche 911. For unknown reasons, that plan never came to fruition, but luckily her husband/racing rival and her had an equally as polarizing backup car to drop the GM LS engine into.
Yep, you guessed it. It’s a Ford Mustang. As Weber explains in her personal blog, this is an advantage in a way. This particular generation of Mustang has a light chassis and a good suspension setup for drag racing, along with the ideal rear end. This allowed them to spend less on suspension, brakes and the rear end and more on the powertrain.
And spend they did. We don’t need to tell any readers of this site that the LS9 is a rare and powerful engine, making 640 hp from the factory, but Weber also had the head and supercharger ported and had an upgraded camshaft installed. The LS Mustang, referred to as the ‘ZRStang’ by Weber, is good for 860 hp at the tires and nearly 1,000 hp at the crank. The engine could take another 200-300 hp from a shot of nitrous as well, Weber says, helping the car dip into the low 9s.
Weber and her husband Brandon’s love for Mustangs and drag racing started when they met in high school. He drove a a teal blue 1994 Ford Mustang and she drove a 1969 Camaro with a 327 cu. in. Small Block and they would often race each other at the local quarter-mile track. Now Brandon also has an LS-swapped Mustang and the two still frequently race each other.
You can learn more about this LS9-powered Mustang build in the Build Biology video above.